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Microsoft Is in Talks to Buy Gaming Favorite Discord, According to Reports

The deal is said to be worth more than $10 billion.
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Microsoft is reportedly considering buying San Francisco-based instant messaging app Discord. The two tech companies are currently in talks about the potential deal, according to Bloomberg and the New York Times.

Experts say Discord has been in discussions with other buyers, but it's highly likely that the app would go public rather than sell.

Launched in 2015, Discord lets users communicate in several different ways including voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media, and files using servers. The app has a large community of users in the gaming industry as it has unique features like integration with live streaming service Twitch.

In August 2020, Discord presented its transparency report that detailed its growth to more than 100 million monthly active users during the pandemic. "With more people staying home, many new people joined Discord to talk to their friends and seek out communities," the report said.

"We are humbled and honored by the growth we’ve seen among so many incredible and diverse communities that have made Discord their place to hang out," said Discord co-founder and CEO Jason Citron in a statement. "As we look to 2021, we are excited about what we have in store and plan to use this funding to help make Discord even better—both for our free service and our Nitro subscribers."

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